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LATN2601: Intermediate Latin 2

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit develops skills in the literary study of Latin texts, and builds further on language knowledge and translation skills acquired in LATN2600. It will involve the close reading of classic works of Latin prose and/or poetry, to be advised in advance on the Department of Classics and Ancient History website. Attention will be paid to style, literary and narrative technique, and the generic and socio-historical background of the texts, as well as to the intricacies of grammar and syntax.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tamara Neal,
Lecturer(s) Paul Roche,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment In-class translation test of seen work
20% - 1000 words (10% each)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Essay
30% - 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Language work exercise
20% Please select a valid week from the list below 1000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Final commentary exercise
30% Please select a valid week from the list below 2000wd (15% each)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3

Assessment summary

  • 2x in-class translation test of seen work (10% each, total: 20%): 1000 words
  • Language work exercise (20%): 1000 words
  • Essay (30%): 2000 words
  • Final commentary exercise: 2 x exam-style commentaries (15% each, total: 30%): 2000 words

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Catullus 64 and lines 1-59 Lecture (3 hr)  
Week 02 Catul. 64.60-148 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 03 Catul. 64.149-237 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 04 Catul. 64.238-327 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 05 Catul. 64.328-408 (end) Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 06 Introduction to Ovid's Heroides and Ep. 1.1-58 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 07 Ov. Ep. 1.59-116 (end) and Ep. 5.1-32 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 08 Ov. Ep. 5.33-122 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 09 Ov. Ep. 5.123-158 (end) and Ep. 7.1-36 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 10 Ov. Ep. 7.37-126 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 11 Ov. Ep. 7.127-196 (end) and Ep. 10.1-20 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 12 Ov. Ep. 10.21-110 Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 13 Ov. Ep. 10.131-150 (end) Seminar (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

See Canvas page

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate intermediate levels of disciplinary knowledge and skills
  • LO2. demonstrate mastery of advanced grammatical and syntactical concepts, and skills in reading, translation and grammatical analysis of extended extracts from original Latin texts in a range of genres
  • LO3. demonstrate a broad general vocabulary, and an understanding of the context in which words are used
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge of scholarly approaches to Latin literature and understanding of the critical terminology and theory used in the academic study of Latin literature
  • LO5. communicate a developing understanding of the ways in which the Latin language is used to create meaning in literary texts through the construction of coherent, evidence-based analyses of the texts and extracts studied
  • LO6. examine complex passages of literary Latin and work independently to research and analyse them in an innovative way.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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